Common Thread Quilt Guild

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We have an exciting variety of workshops lined up for you this year.  At this time, we have made the decision to offer online workshops only.  When things change and we feel it is safe to do so, we will try to offer some in person workshops as well.

When considering a workshop, we have a few objectives in mind:

  • teaching you new skills
  • have fun, and
  • strengthening friendships.

Members and non-members can sign up for workshops online. Payments can be made by e-transfer or cheque.  Your place is not secure until we receive your payment.

We assume you know how your sewing machine works before participating in any class. If you’re not sure whether the workshop will be too easy or too difficult, your workshop team or the teacher will be glad to give you some guidelines.  If there is pre-course homework, please complete it so that you can better follow along with the workshop.

When in-person workshops resume, we will be booking rooms with the City of Ottawa.  We choose accessible locations with natural light.  We hope you will help to set up the room and clean up at the end of the day.  Please check when the doors open as we won’t be there earlier. There will be some changes due to COVID-19 for set up and interacting in person.

When the COVID-19 situation allows, we are still considering the following in-person workshops:

  • Patchwork Illusion workshop with Paul Leger
  • Quilting with Rulers with Tara Starzomski
  • Sewing Circles with Michele Gagne

If you have a workshop idea, either in-person or online, please let us know by email at

Workshop Workshop FAQ

We support our LQS’s (Local Quilt Shops) wholeheartedly and are NOT in competition! We rely on the LQS for their expertise – and their supplies! However, there are several reasons why you would take a workshop through the Guild:

    1. As much as possible, we run the workshops on a “cost recovery” basis. However, when we are lucky enough to have a teacher who is in exceptionally high demand come to our guild, the fees may be subsidized so that as many members as possible may participate – yes, membership does have its privileges!
    2. Now that we are offering our workshops virtually, we are looking far and wide for instructors who are comfortable with the virtual platform.
    3. We like to bring our members together in social situations. How much more fun is quilting when you do it with friends (even if it is only online)?!
    4. We listen to YOU when planning the workshops, and try to respond to YOUR interests.
    5. We try to give budding local designers and teachers the opportunity to expand and hone their skills – and encourage guild members to take leadership roles!  We have very talented members, even if we do say it ourselves.
Come with a friend! Non-members are welcome. Who knows, they may not be a “non-member” for long!

These days our workshops are offered virtually, so while you are sewing in a social setting you are still secure in the familiar surroundings of your sewing room.

This is how it works:  members are always given first preference, but once the workshop has been advertised in the newsletter and during one of the monthly guild meetings, any remaining spots are opened to the general public.  If that person is already a member of any other guild (OVQG, Modern Guild, etc.), they pay no extra fee.

Those who are not a member of any other guild are asked to pay a nominal amount more.

At this time all workshops are being held virtually.  You know where your sewing room is! You have everything at hand and don’t even have to factor in commuting time, so now it’s not too early.  Heck,  you don’t even have to get dressed if you don’t want to!

When we can again hold in-person workshops, they are usually held in the Notre Dame des Champs Community Hall, 3659 Navan Road, and go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We send you a map and detailed instructions when you register. There is no bus service, but if transportation is a problem, let us know and maybe we can arrange a lift.

You can bring your coffee with you. And bring your lunch too (since there is currently no access to kitchen facilities) – you won’t want to miss even a minute by having to find somewhere to eat at noon (options in the area are limited)!

Most workshops are only $40 (unchanged from last year), although some may be higher for certain “rock stars” of the quilting world.

You can sign up by sending an email to Sandra Baynes and Dorothy DeRose, stating which workshop you are interested in attending.

If you have any questions about the workshop just ask – if we don’t already know the answer, we will do our best to find out.

When more than the maximum participants per workshop are enrolled, we establish a waiting list, and look into adding another session.

All fees are payable to CTQG.

Once you have sent an email expressing your interest in a particular workshop you will be sent details of how to pay.  Your space in a workshop is not guaranteed before you have paid.

Once you are registered, we are unable to make a refund if you cannot attend. However, if possible we will put you in touch with someone from the waiting list, or you may make arrangements for someone else to replace you.  Just keep workshop folks informed, as your replacement will need to be on the list to be invited to a virtual workshop.  If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, all money will be refunded.



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PREVIOUS Workshops

Virtual workshop – BeColourful technique- Happiness 2.0 – May 1 and 29, 2021 and May 2 and 30, 2021.

This pattern was specifically designed for those of us who admire BeColourful patterns, but do not know where to start. The BeColourful website describes the pattern this way:

“It is the perfect beginners quilt in which we show 13 techniques that Jacqueline uses in all her designs. So if you hesitate to start one of the BeColourful designs, start with this one and you can handle them all!”

This class is ideally suited to those who know paper-piecing but are interested in learning the BeColourful techniques.

  • Instructor: Melanie MacDonald of LazyLabQuiltingCo (Ottawa)
  • Location: Zoom (Virtual)
  • Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Date for workshop #1: Saturdays May 1 and 29, 2021 (This workshop is full)
  • Date for workshop #2: Sundays May 2 and 30, 2021 (This workshop is full)

Virtual workshop – Seven techniques for Quilting section by section – April 17, 2021

Finding it hard to squeeze a big quilt through the opening of your sewing machine but you don’t want to pay to have your quilt professionally done? The solution is to quilt section by section and then assemble your quilt. Have no fear! These techniques will make it possible to quilt your own quilt! The Bonus: you will have the satisfaction of completing your quilt from beginning to end.

In this workshop, you will learn the advantages of each of 7 QAYG techniques, how to choose the best technique to achieve the results you want, how to adapt a regular pattern into a Quilt as you go and get stunning results.

At the end of this workshop, you will have made a sample of each of the techniques for future reference.


Reversible Quilt assembled with Technique  #6  (called: When all else fails, developed  by La Quilting Coach)

  • Instructor: Marie-Claire Charette (La Quilting Coach)
  • Location: Zoom (Virtual)
  • Time: 9:30 to 4:00, with a lunch break
  • Date: Saturday April 17, 2021
  • Cost: $60.00 for members, $70.00 for non-members, includes the workshop and notes
  • Skill level: Confident beginner to intermediate quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Minimum number:  3 participants
  • Maximum number : 8 participants
  • Notes:  There will be homework prior to the class including preparation of mini quilt sandwiches


Virtual workshop – Circles, Circles and Gentle Curves – April 18 and 25, 2021

Build/refine your quilter’s toolkit of essential skills to include curved piecing and machine applique and inset circles to add interest in your quilting projects.

It all starts with a gentle curve. This minimal waste technique is the warm up for ¼ circles or drunkard path blocks. Whilst many quilters’ have drunkard path blocks in their repertoire, the fabric glue technique can increase their accuracy.

Two different techniques for machine sewn circles with no raw edges. The circle technique should “match” the size and application in your project.

  • Instructor: Susan Madu of Modern Blended Quilts (Alberta)
  • Location: Zoom (Virtual)
  • Time: 10:00 to 1:00
  • Date: Sundays, April 18 and 25, 2021
  • Cost: $40.00 for members, $50.00 for non-members; plus pattern. The pattern is $15 plus tax.  Patterns will be purchased through Watergirl Quilt Co.
  • Skill level: Intermediate quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Minimum number: 10 participants
  • Maximum number : 22 participants
  • Notes:  You must be able to attend both sessions.

Virtual workshop – Speed Date with Improv – March 27, 2021

Think of this class as speed dating with improvisational piecing techniques that include curves and free-cutting.  It will be fast-paced and a lot of fun:  several techniques are introduced and demonstrated one after the other with very little time to second guess, stress or obsess over perfection. Every student will end up with a unique, original improv sampler quilt!  The focus here is to explore line, shape and happenstance in abstract design, so keep things simply graphic by using solid-coloured fabrics in black, white and one pop of colour.  In the afternoon, Krista will share design wall tips to jigsaw the improv elements together, seeking balance and creative design opportunities.  Some pre-cutting is required.

This Zoom class combines pre-recorded technique videos with live instruction/support from Krista throughout the class.

  • Instructor: Krista Hennebury (British Columbia)
  • Location: Zoom (Virtual)
  • Time: 10:00 to 4:30 with a 30 minute off-line lunch break
  • Date: Saturday March 27, 2021
  • Cost: $50.00 for members, $60.00 for non-members
  • Skill level: Confident beginner to intermediate quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Minimum number: 15 participants
  • Maximum number : 20 participants
  • Notes:  There will be some homework prior to the class including preparation and cutting of fabric. Fabric required: 1/2 yard black, 1/2 yard white, Fat Quarter of one colour (all solids or reads-as-solids, high contrast if not choosing to use black and white).
  • Quilt Size: without borders, approximately 20″ x 20″.


Virtual Workshop – Texture into Sudoku – January 16, 2021

Nine ingenious ways to create surface texture and manipulated magic. Create all nine ideas in class and combine to create an amazingly marvellously nipped, tucked, twiddled and fiddled panel with a little added extra embellishment.

These designs can be made from one colour or use a variety of shades.

Batiks/plain coloured/hand-dyed cotton, silk or other natural fabrics with no obvious right/wrong side are a good choice of material.

  • Instructor: Jennie Rayment (England)
  • Location: Zoom (Virtual)
  • Time: 9:30 to 4:00, with a 30 minute lunch break
  • Date: Saturday January 16, 2021
  • Cost: $50 for members, $60 for non-members
  • Skill level: Anyone looking to learn a new technique.
  • Minimum number: 16 participants
  • Maximum number : 25 participants
  • Notes: Preparation and cutting of fabric will be required before the class


Virtual Workshop Name – Interwoven Art –  October 21 and 28, 2020

Everyone who attended this workshop had a great time and some wonderful pieces of art were created.  Here we have a couple of completed wall hangings, a cushion, and an unfinished piece! It was fun to see how the colours intertwined as we sewed the strips together.

Virtual Workshop – Foundation Paper Piecing with Freezer Paper –  November 7, 2020

Our second successful workshop this year also produced some lovely works.  We learned that paper piecing doesn’t have to involve hours spent removing little bits of paper.  With this freezer paper method, the paper wasn’t sewn in so it just peeled away, intact.  A real game changer!

Here are a few examples of what was accomplished during the workshop.

And here are a couple of quilt tops that two participants went on to create.

And here we have a completed cuddle quilt.  My our workshop participants are talented!

That was the past and now for the future. 

We have the following workshops lined up for the next few months.  Have a look at what’s on offer and we hope you will join us for one, or more, of our upcoming workshops.  They should be a lot of fun and we’ll learn something along the way. 

Workshops have a way of teaching us something new, even if you have taken a similar workshop before, or even the same one.  A different teacher or new method or a fresh take on a familiar method can all have an impact on what we get from a workshop.  So with that in mind, here’s what we have planned.  Why not join in?


Virtual Workshop – Modern Quilting with your Walking Foot – December 5, 2020

As a participant in this class, you will make samples of different quilting ideas that can be executed on the home sewing machine with a walking foot. Not everyone can afford a long-arm quilter or wants to have someone else quilt their quilt, and not everyone enjoys free motion quilting.  You will create samples of walking foot designs on small quilt sandwiches to help you understand what makes each design successful. We will also look at variations of the designs you stitch out. These samples will be a great reference for you when deciding how to quilt your next quilt. This class includes information on quilting all sizes of quilts on the home sewing machine. – ALL LEVELS      Based on Melissa’s book, Walking Foot Quilting Designswhich is recommended for the class.

  • Instructor: Melissa Marginet (Manitoba)
  • Location: Zoom (Virtual)
  • Time: 6 hours, 9:30 to 4:00 with a half hour lunch break
  • Date: Saturday December 5, 2020
  • Cost:  $40.00 members $50.00 non-members
  • Skill level: Anyone looking to learn a new technique.
  • Minimum number: 11 participants
  • Maximum number : 25 participants
  • Notes: You will be required to prepare a number of small quilt sandwiches ahead of class so you can sew along.
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